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2014 Virginia Signee: Chris Peace

Christopher Peace
Position: DE/OLB

Hometown (School): Newport News, VA (Denbigh)
Height/Weight: 6'3" 225 lbs
Committed to Virginia: 01/26/14
Lead Recruiter: Marques Hagans

Christopher Peace came to Cville just two weeks ago for his official visit, without an offer. Originally, he planned to take one more visit before making his choice. But once the offer was made, he was unable to resist and he committed to the Hoos.

Peace is unrated by all of the recruiting services. To say that he's under the radar is almost too easy, but I suppose I said it anyway. Peace had offers from ODU and a handful of FCS schools. His athleticism jumps out, as he's a 4.6 guy with good size. He can jump and he's strong, but he's still learning the game.

Here is a sophomore year highlight reel for Peace:

He plays WR, S and OLB. He grew some since then, and moved to DE last year. Here is a senior year highlight film from Hudl:

As you can see in this video, Peace still played some TE this year. His size and speed would play very well there. As a DE, you see a guy who simply seems too big and too quick for anybody trying to block him. As with all HS prospects, that simply won't be the case in college.

Peace is going to move to OLB for the Hoos, at least at first. He's going to play a role similar to what Max Valles played this past year. He'll be a situational pass rusher off the edge. His speed, quickness and strength will be difficult to block in that role.

Peace is raw, and lacks technique. He'll need a redshirt season. With the Hoos fairly well stocked at LB, the redshirt year could include some work with the offense. I really think his athletic profile would fit better at TE. He'll need to add some weight, so that may be the key. If he can add 20-30 pounds and keep up his speed, he could make quite the TE/WR hybrid.

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